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The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

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Access or download overviews, tools, techniques and examples of visualisation tools, educational tools, legal and policy tools, future scenario techniques, etc

 "The actions identified  will greatly benefit coastal management, even if the impacts of climate change are zero."

" There was no central bank of data available which delayed progress in identifying data gaps."


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Practical tips for following the IMCORE approach to planning to adapt to coastal climate change 

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Feasibility study for Research and Education Coastal Centre in Lough Swilly

 

Marine Discovery Centre Implementation proposal

Thank you note from Donegal County Council and University of Ulster
"Sincere thanks to the members of the Lough Swilly Consultative Group for the time, effort and expertise they put into the development of the Lough Swilly Adaptation Strategy".



 

o We targeted the public via community newsletters, magazine articles, e-zines and posters.

o We held workshops with the Town Council to promote the project locally, and to secure financial backing.

o Buy in and commitment of the partners involved is crucial.

o Financial backing must be available and provided for the length of the project. The uncertainty around employment and stability hampered the communication of the project. IMCORE Staff were cautious about promoting the project as there was a strong possibility that the project would not continue for the Donegal Partner due to the economic downturn.

 

Web/Media Communications
What we did

Articles written for environews and 'Your EU' magazines. Designed and produced a notice/poster with links to the IMCORE web site. Click here to see adaptation workshop picture. Placed notice in busy public areas around Lough Swilly. Put notice in the county development board e-zine (online magazine- c.9000 recipients) and community bulletin which is circulated to approximately 600 community groups in the county. Notice was also uploaded in the Lough Swilly partner area of the IMCORE web site.

Why we did it

Raise awareness of the IMCORE Project and direct people to the web site for further information. To obtain feedback from the public to inform the scenario/adaptation process.

What we achieved Distribution of information on IMCORE to a wide targeted audience. Increased local awareness and an increase in hits on the web site.
Problems we had A glitch with the website meant that initial comments/feedback (if any) were not captured.
Solutions Glitch ironed out but we do not know what information was lost.
What we learned Very little active public interest. Reluctance to accept that climate change will affect people at a local level. This is backed up by the elected members who have had very few concerns relayed to them on the subject.

 

Internal Communications
What we did At the very start of project we held a series of workshops with elected members in Buncrana Town Council (Lough Swilly)
Why we did it To promote the project and get continued financial support (match funding) for the development of IMCORE and a Marine Discovery Centre in the context of the project.
What we achieved

Increased awareness in the project

Problems we had

Financial backing from Buncrana TC was not available. All temporary staff (including IMCORE project staff) within Donegal County Council were made redundant due to external budgetary constraints

Solutions Donegal County Council provided match funding until Oct 2011 which was reviewed on a 12 month basis. The lead partner employed the project manager in Donegal to enable the project to continue.
What we learned Financial / contract instability has a significant effect on project implementation. External political and financial events outside of our control can have a significant impact.

Click here to download Donegal notice poster.

This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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